September 28, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Palette

Kat Von D's makeup line impresses me more and more with each release. The line currently seems to be going though a makeover with new palettes, lipstick designs and repackaged liquid lipsticks. I'm really gutted that they're only available on Sephora US as I'm sure the entire line would do well if they branched out to other countries. I originally planned on picking up just the Monarch palette as it's so far the only 'nude' palette that's caught my interest. When I came across a eBay listing a while ago on a used Chrysalis palette, I thought I'd try it out.

LifeLike, Lunar Lights, Lucid, Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, Transition, Glasswing, Melancholia, Black Milk, Graphic Nature, Entombed, Tornay

The palette comes with 3 base shades in large pans so you don't run out of them. Lifelike is a rather pigmented matte cream but a little chalky. Lunar Lights is an incredibly pigmented pearl grey and applies easily, it's the only one out of all three that I can picture myself using up. Lucid is a sparkle rose which seems rather pink in the pan but the pink is barely noticeable applied. I found it chalky and that it required some building whilst applying. The glitter particles didn't really stick to the eyeshadow both swatched and on the lids causing the sparkles to fallout.

The other 9 shades are in smaller pans and are meant to serve as accent-hues, where the other three are the 'go-to' shades. Hybrid moments is described as a matte deep purple, although I'd consider it a deep plum. I find it has a hint of chalkiness and requires a little building. Mezzanine is a sparkle violet that applies easily, but comes off a bit darker than what it looks like in the pan. Transition is a pearl mauve with excellent pigmentation and a buttery texture.

Glasswing is a matte caramel that matches my lid perfectly, I find myself using it all over the lid to seem as though I'm wearing nothing on my lid or will use it to blend out a smoky eye. The formula was also ultra soft and easy to blend. Melancholia is a pearl silver and my most used shadow. It's a little powdery on it's own but that problem disappears with a primer. Black Milk is a matte grey and probably my least favourite colour of them all, I find with my skin tone it requires a lot of building to get the colour to no longer be sheer.

Graphic Nature is described as a pearl charcoal which is rather pigmented but lacks the shimmer effect the other pearl shades have. I find the texture to be slightly powdery. Entombed is a pearl blue that applies easily, it's not as soft or buttery as other pearl shades in the palette are. Tornay is a matte navy and in my opinion, the worst performing shade in the palette. It's difficult to blend and required a lot of building. However, as bad as it is, it's still not bad quality and I've still tried worse quality shadows in the past.

The Kat Von D Chrysalis palettes are available on the Sephora US website for $46 who now deliver to the UK and other countries. 

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September 25, 2014

Recent Urban Decay Electric Palette Looks

The Urban Decay Electric palette has been my go to palette for whenever I feel like doing bright eye makeup looks, I've actually not touched any of my Sugarpill palettes since owning it. Instead of creating a different post for each look, I thought I'd just share them all in one. 

The 'All of the Colours' look This is actually very similar to the electric palette look tutorial I did, except instead of using just Urban (purple) and Jilted (fuchsia), I used all the colours giving it a rainbow outline. Although thrash (lime green) is very green in the pan, it leans yellow depending on what shades you pair it with.

The Cat Eye This was a very experimental one, it's been years since I've touched gel liner and my brush was very frayed. I used Slowburn (orange) on the inner eye corner, then applied Savage (bright pink) on to the lid and Jilted (fuchsia) on the outer corner. I then created the wing using gel liner and blended Urban (purple) from the gel liner into Fringe.

The Green Smoky Eye Whilst Urban (purple) is my most used and favourite shade, Fringe (teal) is a close second. To create the smoky eye I used Gonzo (turquoise) as a base, Fringe (teal) over the lid, Freak (bright green) blended into the crease, Thrash (lime green) also blended into the crease and dusted Revolt (silver) as a brow highlight.

The failed Arabic Eye This is my least favourite look as it did not turn out the way I had imagined in my mind. Definitely one I'll be redoing in future. I started off with using Revolt to create the silver V, then applied Chaos (bright blue) all over the lid and blended Gonzo into the crease before applying and attempting to blend out Urban Decay's Perversion black eye pencil. 

The Glitter Look This is a bit of a cheat, as I already posted this the other week. I used Violet Voss' purple glitter over Urban on the lid, then blended Chaos and a hint of Gonzo into the crease before applying Revolt on the brow bone as a highlighter.

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September 21, 2014

My Top 5 Odd Coloured Lipsticks

A few years ago, I came across some celebrity who was wearing an odd shade of lipstick and thought, hey, I want that. However, I had no idea where to get such a colour, now, unusual lipstick shades have moved from being something only niche indie brands would offer, to high street brands (Illamasqua, Kat Von D) and now even certain drugstore brands (Makeup Revolution, NYX). These days, if a brand releases an unsual lipstick shade, you'll find that it's that colour that will go out of stock first. Take for example Kat Von D's studded kiss range, which now includes a black lipstick, a lilac one and a dark blue. When her lipstick range relaunched, the first lipsticks to sell out were those. As someone who finally has every colour of the rainbow in lipsticks, I thought I'd share my top 5 unusually coloured lipsticks. 

PZC 3 Witches, Melt DGAF,  LC Serpentina, NYX Pistachio, Illamasqua Pristine

Pretty Zombie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in 3 Witches As a purple lipstick addict, I obviously couldn't help but include at least one purple lipstick. As a lot of high street brands seem to offer at least one purple lipstick these days, it's safe to say that they're not a very unusual shade. However, whilst most high street brands offer a berry/plummy/pinky purple, 3 witches by Pretty Zombie Cosmetics is a very in your face bright violet purple.

NYX macaron lippie in Pistachio Whilst the wear time of most of the Macaron Lippies are laughable and a lot of the shades do look hideous on me, I love this lipstick purely for the colour. I'll probably never make decent use of it aside for the few days I'm lucky enough to do have nothing to do but play with makeup though.

Illamasqua matte lipstick in Pristine Black lipsticks deserve more love, especially from myself. I find Illamasqua lipsticks tend to vary in texture with each shade. I picked up their matte black lipstick in Pristine for £5 during one of their online sales and was impressed by how easily it applied without any pulling or tugging. They're also the most long-wear lipsticks I own, so if you want to avoid fading when wearing black lips, I'd recommend Illamasqua's Pristine.

Melt Cosmetics lipstick in DGAF If you don't know what DGAF stands for, it's basically how you feel when you actually try it on, you don't care how ludicrous the colour is, you simply don't give. I've raved about this lipstick so many times now, a royal blue lipstick is not something I ever imagined I'd purchase, not even for a cosplay but I've not come across another lipstick colour that's made me feel quite as badass.

Lime Crime lipstick in Serpentina I've tried to find other green lipsticks to compare to this and whilst others last longer without needing to reapply, this will forever be my favourite green lipstick shade. It has a very Poison Ivy-esque feel to it and makes you feel poisonous wearing it.

So those are my top 5 favourite unusual lipsticks, do you have any? Feel free to recommend me some in the comments section below!

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September 15, 2014

GOSH Grey Forever Eye Shadow and Crispy Lips Lip Lacquer Review*

Back in July, I attended a local Blogger Meet and received two GOSH items, including an eyeshadow pencil and a lip lacquer that released as part of their SS14 collection. These were all very new items to me as at the time I hadn't even looked at a GOSH stall in months. Since I've not really tried many Gosh products either, I was looking forward to trying these out.

Despite the fact that Gosh Lip Lacquers say 'lip' in bold capital letters, at first sight I thought they were nail polishes. These aren't exactly lipglosses though and are meant to have 'colour like a lipstick and shine like a gloss'. These certainly have a gloss feel to them whilst being quite pigmented. As I'm generally not a huge fan of Barbie pink lips, I like to apply a thin layer though, giving it a nude pink finish. Since I only apply a thin layer the lip colour lasts for 3/4 hours. If you apply a thick layer on, you can expect it to fade after 2 hours into a stain. The lipgloss comes with a doe foot applicator and has a very fruity scent to it. The lightweight formula has a non-sticky feel to it and also contains Argon oil and Vitamin E to soften and moisturise your lips.

Overall, despite not being a gloss fan I quite like it, so I imagine gloss fans would love this. The Gosh lip lacquers come in 8 shades and cost £5.99 each.

The GOSH Forever Eyeshadow sticks aren't a unique concept as drugstore, midrange and high end beauty brands now do them. I've never been sold on the concept of eyeshadow pencils so was quite interested to see how they perform. The entire Gosh forever eyeshadow range have a metallic glitter finish sticks and are meant to have a non-oily finish and a water-repellant formula for longevity. I ended up applying a heavy line but used a makeup brush to smudge it out into a subtle light cat eye. The eyeshadow stick is easily the creamiest pencil I own and it lasted all day. Whilst I don't see this replacing my huge eyeshadow collection, it's excellent for travel or a quick eye look for when you're in a rush.

The Gosh forever eyeshadow sticks also come in a range of 8 shades and cost £5.99 each.

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September 10, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils

At the end of last year, I ended up stocking up on a fair few Urban Decay products, including a few of their relaunched 24/7 glide-on lip pencils that coordinated with their then new revolution lipstick range. Initially, I had only bought Venom to pair with it's revolution lipstick counterpart and I loved it so much I ended up picking a few more shades for myself.

Ozone (Clear/Invisible), Bang, Anarchy, Native, Venom

Ozone is a clear lip liner which doesn't show up at all. You can use this around your lips or coloured lip liner to avoid feathering. It's also excellent for keeping lip gloss in place. Bang is a bright orange red which I love to pair with neon orange lip products as it seems to tone them down a little. Anarchy is a bright fuchsia, which I'll use with mostly bright pink lipsticks but have also used with a few purples to make the lipstick more magenta. Native is a muted pink that I use with any nude lipstick but I mostly reserve it for troublesome ones. Venom is a rich plum that I tend to use for plum, berry or burgundy lipsticks.

Although these lip pencils contain Jojoba oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed oil, if you suffer from dry lips, these won't apply as easily, so I'd recommend using a lip balm before hand. However, these still apply well, without tugging even if you skip out on it. Whilst these can feel dry on the lips when applying, I find the feeling disappears when you're done and is even less noticeable once you apply your lipstick or lipgloss.

While these are part of the 24/7 range and are advertised as long-lasting and waterproof, I don't consider these 100% waterproof. They're great for rainy weather but if you tend to drink a lot of hot drinks or soups, most of it can fade. Otherwise, these make lipsticks last for a whole evening without needing them to be reapplied.

My only real critique on these is that I wish the range included non-conventional colours too. Even though these shades were released to accommodate the revolution lipstick line, a true purple or black would have been great. Since both colours are more common now, I'm hoping Urban Decay will be releasing one with matching lipstick and lip liner, as they have with the Pulp Fiction range.

The Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on lip pencils come in a range of 17 colours and retail for £13 each aside from Ozone which sells for £15 at Debenhams or Selfridges, if you're in the US they all sell for the same price of $20 at Sephora.

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September 08, 2014

Illamasqua New Once Collection Nail Varnish in Melange

Illamasqua recently launched their Fall collection, Once, which is the first collection that they've released this year that's really intrigued me. It may not be full of bright colours as some of their previous collections but it's still such a gorgeous one. The collection is inspired by the point where a flower starts to fade and becomes beautiful in it's complex decline. The stand out piece in the collection, in my opinion, is their new nail varnish, Melange.

Melange is described as a cool antique teal with flecks of burnished gold, it's influenced by dry hydrangeas when they turn into incredible shades of blue and green. It's easily one of the most unique nail polishes I own, it's the kind of colour you expect from an indie nail polish brand.

As someone with quite a few Illamasqua nail polishes, I wasn't surprised by how high-gloss and chip resistant their formula was. I've been wearing this polish for 4 nights without a top coat and it's only just began chipping. Some of the pastel and lighter nail varnishes have a tendency to apply a little sheer with just one coat and so was expecting Melange to be more on the sheer side but it was rather opaque but still applied 2 coats. 

All in all, I adore this polish. It's the only new Illamasqua nail varnish I've added to my collection this year. At £14.50, their polishes aren't the most affordable but if you ever decide to spend the extra buck on any one Illamasqua polish, make it this one.

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September 07, 2014

Violet Voss Paige Glitter Eye Look

When I first came across the Violet Voss stall at IMATs London, my eyes were immediately drawn to their purple glitter named Paige. Last night I finally got around to using the in your face purple glitter with my Urban Decay electric palette. I was expecting to have trouble applying glitter on to the eyes and was terrified some of the glitter particles would get on to my eyeball, but the glitter adhesive that Violet Voss offers was surprisingly easy to use and rather budge proof.

This makeup look is somewhat similar to my previous Urban Decay electric palette tutorial. I started off by blending Gonzo (turquoise) into the crease followed by Chaos (royal blue). Next I patted Urban (purple) all over the lid and on the lower lash line before applying revolt (silver) as a highlighter on the brow bone. Then I used makeup remover to remove any excess eyeshadow and create the wing. Finally, Using a makeup brush, I applied the glitter adhesive onto the lid before patting down the purple glitter. I finished the look with bare minimum eyeliner and couldn't be bothered to use mascara or false lashes.

Products Used
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Urban Decay Electric Palette, Urban, Chaos, Gonzo and Revolt
Violet Voss Glitter Adhesive and Paige Glitter
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer
Urban Decay Perversion Liquid Liner and Eye Pencil
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
NYX HD Studio Grinding Powder
Illamasqua Matte Lipstick in Test

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September 04, 2014

Elf Ariel Bronzer Set

After missing out on the Sephora Ariel collection, I was really glad to hear that ELF came out with an affordable range based on her. Whilst I'm not as Disney obsessed as I once was, for some reason I still have a soft spot for the Little Mermaid. The collection, which launched back in June, includes a beauty book, false eyelashes, makeup brushes, makeup bags, an eyeshadow set, a bronzer set and a lip colour set. I ended up picking up the bronzer set and a cosmetic bag. 

Swatches from Left to Right - Mixed, Bronzer Only, Gold Shimmer Only

The bronzer set comes with a mini kabuki brush and a beautifully packaged bronzer compact. So far the Ariel watercolour print on the lid hasn't faded at all. I also love how the embossed elf logo pops through the clear lid. The base of the bronzer is a matte bronze tan which applied somewhat dry and the splotches of gold provide the shimmer and adds a bit of radiance.

Although you could use the two shades separately, I find the bronze tan bits not pigmented enough on it's own to apply and prefer the final finish. The bronzer contains ingredients such as jojoba, rose, sunflower, apricot and grapes, which are all meant to hydrate your skin.

This is the first time I've tried anything in the ELF range, but I've generally heard positive things about their brushes. The brush had several frayed strands and it feels rather rough and spikey on the skin. It also didn't really pick up much product either so I do wish that they had included a nicer brush as I avoid using this one at all, particularly due to how uncomfortable it feels.

All in all, it's kind of hard to complain about as these originally sold for $5 each in America. If you weren't able to pull in any favours from people in the states and are still desperate to try any of the Disney elf range, I'd recommend trying out eBay.

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September 02, 2014

Geek Chic Cosmetics Single Player Shadows

As I've been taking my time to review my Geek Chic Cosmetics shadows, including the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who inspired collection, I plan on blitzing through the rest. Aside from today's set, I only have 1 last collection to go through which is discontinued (that's what I get for taking too long to review products). Today's shadows are from their single player collection, which is comprised of shadows that were too popular to discontinue whenever they discontinue an entire collection.

Faithful Student, Everybody Lies, Riddle Me This, Princess In Distress

Faithful Student (discontinued) is described as a rich deep navy blue that leans purple and has a touch of red sparkle in it. I'll be using this sparingly as I'm gutted it's now discontinued.

Everybody Lies is a blackened jewel-toned emerald packed with shimmer, it applies best with a wet base. Although this looks nothing like it does on the website, it's my favourite shade of the 4. That said, I love all 4 of these and don't have a least favourite as they all perform brilliantly.

Riddle Me This (discontinued) is described as a seafoam green with violet highlights that sparkle with a purple holographic glitter but I struggle to notice any purple/violet hints or sparkle in it. It's super pigmented, blends wonderfully and comes off as a minty green colour on my skin tone.

Princess In Distress is a soft pink with rainbow sparkles and is based on Princess Peach. It's a lovely multi-use colour as it's lip safe, so can be mixed with a gloss or dabbed on to the cheeks.

This look is rather similar to the look I created with my Timey Wimey shadows as again, I wanted to stick to using only the 4 shadows in the collection for one look. I started off by blending in Riddle Me This (seafoam green) into my crease then applied and blended Everybody Lies (emerald) on the lid into the crease. Next, I used Princess in Distress (soft pink) on the brow bone, Faithful Student (dark blue-purple) all over the lower lash line and finished with eyeliner. 

The products in this review are only sample sizes and cost $1.25 whilst a full sized tubs cost $5.99. Although the samples are a more cost effective way to trial all the Geek Chic Cosmetics shadows you're interested in, the clamshells aren't easy to work with and I find each time I shut them they cause a little eyeshadow cloud so I lose a little product.

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